Bangladesh lost the wickets of Tmaim and Kayes before lunch    AFP
Bangladesh lost the wickets of Tmaim and Kayes before lunch AFP

Bangladesh lose two crucial wickets, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, before lunch as they chase 286 put up by England in the first Test. It is Day Four of the first of the two Tests at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong and the Test has so far been quite interesting, with the momentum of the game changing quite rapidly. England lost their wickets early in the morning to end their innings while Bangladesh also lost a couple of wickets in their innings but the match is still up for grab for both the sides. FULL Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

England resumed batting on Sunday morning in a hope to add some more to their already challenging target but their innings did not last long. While they had ended Day Three at 288 for 8, they could only add 11 more runs before losing 2 wickets. Stuart Broad departed early on the day, being run out, and Taijul Islam dismissed Gareth Batty a couple of overs later to end England’s innings at 240 all out, letting Bangladesh to chase 286.

Shakib Al Hasan remained the most successful bowler for Bangladesh in this innings, bagging 5 wickets. He also surpassed the 150 wickets mark in Tests during the innings.

Batty opened bowling for England and Tamim and Kayes opened the hosts’ batting. The two looked to start things off slowly and steadily. Visitors’ Skipper Alastair Cook kept switching between Moeen Ali and Batty for the first few overs and the trick worked as Tamim fell for a Moeen delivery. The bowler had appealed for a similar dismissal a delivery back but it was unsuccessful. The next delivery was outside off-stump, and got a thick inside edge to land in a diving Gary Ballance’s hands. Mominul Haque joined Kayes at the crease.

The wicket, however, did not affect the run flow as the two batsmen started hitting freely to propel the runrate. The two batsmen ensured that there is one boundary in every over that took the runrate over 5. Rashid Khan got rid of Kayes in his very first over of the day. Kayes tried to sweep the ball but it kissed his gloves and landed in Joe Root’s safe hands.

Mahmudullah joined Mominul at the crease and the runrate dropped thereafter. Lunch was taken an over after the wicket. As play resumes, Mominul will bat at 19 with Mahmudullah batting at 4. Though the 2 wickets are likely to affect the Bangladesh batting, the brief partnership by Kayes has nullified the effect. The hosts will have to build a good long partnership that fetches a good amount of runs at this point. On the other hand, the visitors will look to get a couple of more wickets to ensure their victory.

Brief scores:

England 293 and 240 (Ben Stokes 85, Jonny Bairstow 47; Shakib Al Hasan 5 for 85) lead by 200 runs against Bangladesh 248 and 86 for 2 (Imrul Kayes 43; Adil Rashid 1 for 5)

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)